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Tea-time mackerel

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 4 toasts
From Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking
This is basically a posh cheese on toast - made with smoked fish, silky cream and parmesan. The fresh horseradish gives a lovely kick. Leave out or add a sprinkling of chillies instead – as always it’s up to you!


  1. Have four slices of your favourite bread ready toasting under the grill.

  2. Peel the skin off the mackerel and flake into a bowl. Add four tablespoons of double cream, grate in 50g/2oz of parmesan, add a pinch of black pepper and mix with a fork. Add a spoonful of chopped chives and some grated horseradish, and mix again.

  3. Pile the mixture onto the toast. Add a final drizzle of cream and a scattering of grated parmesan and put them under the grill for 3-4 minutes. Serve when they start to bubble and brown.


  • 4 thickish slices bread
  • 2 smoked mackerel fillets
  • 5 tbsp double cream
  • 60g/2¼oz parmesan
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • fresh horseradish, to taste

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